I’m off textdrive., trutch.textdrive.us will soon be no more.

I got on with textdrive in 2004. It had a few difficulties along the way, apexing last year. Things were looking resolved until two weeks ago. When suddenly they weren’t.

As anyone looking for decent support or even useful information over the past few months can attest, the revival of TextDrive has not been a success.

What began in mid-2012 as an exciting challenge fuelled by good intentions and lean resources quickly turned into a cleanup project with almost no resources.

It is disappointing to report that after a year and a half of uphill battles and unimagined setbacks, after several costly efforts to regroup and find another way, options to keep TextDrive growing have run out, and we will cease operations on the 14th of March, 2014.

For those who wish to know, details of what went wrong will be made available once shutdown operations have completed.

Sorry to have let you down.


I’ve been meaning to write my ode for a while. The tl;dr is that I paid $200 in high school and it got me 10 years of decent web hosting. More importantly, we who got in on the deal early snowballed into an excited community for a while. A lot of what I’m doing now is because of this whole thing. It’s a shame to see it dispersed, probably now for good.

Tally ho.

> ssh trutch.textdrive.us
Last login: Fri Mar 14 06:27:58 2014 from
 ________|                                        |_________
\        |          trutch.textdrive.us           |        /
 \       |                                        |       /
  \      |      "insert catchy tagline here"      |      /
  /      |________________________________________|      \
 /___________)                                (___________\

[trutch:~] kjell$ ls
~/         bin/       cgi-bin/   domains/   etc/       fcgi-bin/  homes/     logs/      Maildir/   public/    svn/       tmp/       var/       web/
[trutch:~] kjell$ logout
Connection to trutch.textdrive.us closed.

—14 Mar 2014